WONDER WOMAN #43 / Writer: James Robinson / Artist: Marco Santucci / Colorist: Romulo Fajardo Jr. / Letterer: Saida Temofonte / Cover: David Yardin / Published March 28th, 2018
Wonder Woman, with the help of Steve Trevor and The Oddfellows, have captured two of Darkseid’s Female Furies. While Wonder Woman interrogates the captured Furies, Steve Trevor is preparing for an assault by Darkseid. ARGUS holds powerful relics that Darkseid wants and they know once you have something Darkseid wants, he will stop at nothing to get it.
The issue opens with a single panel of Wonder Woman in an intimidating pose with the lasso of truth glowing. She looks fierce and ready for anything but at the same time, she is offering a chance. That is Wonder Woman throughout the whole issue. She is pushing the captured Furies for information about Darkseid’s plan. She holds back on using the lasso, instead choosing to engage them as warriors, hoping they have a sense of honor. I wonder if her restraint here will hurt the heroes in the long run.
Steve Trevor is setting up a defense at ARGUS but first, he must deal with Diana’s brother, Jason. Steve doesn’t trust Jason and he makes it very clear. Jason returns after a mysterious disappearance with new powers and new armor that he doesn’t fully understand or know where it all came from. I’m hoping the creators have something planned for him because if he turns evil it will have been telegraphed to us for the last 3 issues.
James Robinson’s script is constantly ratcheting up the tension. Darkseid’s presence looms over the entire issue even though he only appears very briefly. We don’t need to see Darkseid to know that he is close and that his plans are nearly at fruition. This is the final calm before the storm.
Marco Santucci’s art combined with Romulo Fajardo Jr’s colors gives us a great looking book. The opening panels with Jason against the ARGUS drones tell us everything about Jason in battle, frenetic, barely under control, and all over the place. That’s contrasted with Wonder Woman and the Furries, the action is close quarters, but Diana is always in control of the situation. You could remove the dialogue and still follow the action.
The fight against Darkseid has been a long time coming for Wonder Woman, in some of the past issues it’s felt like something forced in. Here, Darkseid finally puts his plan into motion and we see if Wonder Woman is strong enough to stand against him without the Justice League to back her up. The final panels leave us on the edge, anxiously waiting until next issue.
Verdict: 4 out of 5